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The Resource An American Tragedy, Dreiser, Theodore, (electronic resource)

An American Tragedy, Dreiser, Theodore, (electronic resource)

Label
An American Tragedy
Title
An American Tragedy
Statement of responsibility
Dreiser, Theodore
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Contributor
Author
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Language
eng
Summary
Theodore Dreiser's An American Tragedy (1925) is nothing less than what the title holds it to be; it is the story of a weak-willed young man who is both villain and victim (the victim of a valueless, materialistic society) and someone who ultimately destroys himself. Dreiser modeled the story of Clyde Griffiths on a real-life murder that took place in 1906; a young social climber of considerable charm murdered his pregnant girlfriend to get her out of the way so that he could instead play to the affections of a rich girl who had begun to notice him.But An American Tragedy is more than simply a powerful murder story. Dreiser pours his own dark yearnings into his character, Clyde Griffiths, as he details the young man's course through his ambitions of wealth, power, and satisfaction.The Indiana-born Dreiser (1871-1945) has never cut a dashing or romantic swath through American literature. He has no Pulitzer or Nobel Prize to signify his importance. Yet he remains for myriad reasons: his novels are often larger than life, rugged, and defy the norms of conventional morality and organized religion. They are unapologetic in their sexual candor--in fact, outrightly frank--and challenge even modern readers. The brooding force of Dreiser's writing casts a dark shadow across American letters. Here in An American Tragedy, Dreiser shows us the flip side of The American Dream in a gathering storm that echoes with all of the power and force of Dostoevsky's Crime and Punishment. Inspired by the writings of Balzac and the ideas of Spenser and Freud, Dreiser went on to become one of America's best naturalist writers. An American Tragedy is testimony to the strength of Dreiser's work: it retains all of its original intensity and force
Summary
The author's classic vision of the dark side of American life looks at the failings of the American dream, in the story of the rise and fall of Clyde Griffiths, who sacrifices everything in his desperate quest for success
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Character
http://library.link/vocab/ext/novelist/bookUI
024929
Cataloging source
Midwest
Dewey number
813.5
Index
no index present
Literary form
fiction
Nature of contents
dictionaries
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True
Target audience
adult
Label
An American Tragedy, Dreiser, Theodore, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11334853
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Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11334853
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unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795311512
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11334853
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11334853
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web
Label
An American Tragedy, Dreiser, Theodore, (electronic resource)
Link
https://www.hoopladigital.com/title/11334853
Publication
Color
multicolored
Control code
MWT11334853
Dimensions
unknown
Extent
1 online resource.
Form of item
  • online
  • electronic
Governing access note
Digital content provided by hoopla
Isbn
9780795311512
Isbn Type
(electronic bk.)
Publisher number
MWT11334853
Specific material designation
remote
Stock number
11334853
System details
Mode of access: World Wide Web

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